10 Tasty Cannibal Film Recommendations
October 2, 2015
With the recent release of Eli Roth’s GREEN INFERNO, horror fans are hearing a lot about the Italian cannibal films that Roth pulled much of his inspiration from, including hits like CANNIBAL FEROX, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, and MAN FROM DEEP RIVER. But cannibal terror is not isolated to the undiscovered jungles of foreign locales. Cannibals are lurking everywhere! Check out Blumhouse.com’s list of 10 Tasty Cannibal Film Recommendations!
A quirky French black comedy, DELICATESSEN is about a post-apocalyptic society where food is so scarce it is used as money. A butcher/landlord lures people in with offers of housing and jobs, only to turn them into a cheap source of food that he later resells to unknowing customers. Both humorous and twisted, this one has become a cult fave among cinefiles!
BLOOD DINER (1987)
This horror/comedy classic is supposedly a sequel to the 1963 Herschell Gordon Lewis flick BLOOD FEAST. BLOOD DINER is just zany fun featuring a brain in a jar giving orders, Nazi wrestlers, and a vegetarian restaurant preparing a blood buffet for an ancient goddess!
MOTEL HELL (1980)
Farmer Vincent and his Sister Ida run the Motel Hello and are known for their tasty smoked meat products. But it is not just Vincent’s special spice blend that makes the meat so unique and tasty.
CANNIBAL GIRLS (1973)
This super low-budget Canadian flick is directed by Ivan Reitman (ANIMALHOUSE, MEATBALLS, GHOSTBUSTERS), and it stars Eugene Levy! It drifts heavily into Reitman’s standard style of spoofy comedies.
Children of the 1980s will fondly remember this horror/comedy starring Randy Quaid (who at the time was best known as Cousin Eddie in the NATIONAL LAMPOON movies). Nestled in a quaint 1950s suburb, a young boy struggles with suspicions that his unassuming parents may in fact be cannibals.
Set in the 1800’s during the Mexican-American War, this satire examines a version of the Wendigo myth. It specifically explores the belief that eating your enemies means you will gain their strength but also develop an uncontrollable hunger for human flesh.
MASTERS OF HORROR: THE WASHINGTONIANS (2007)
Peter Medak helmed this episode of the MASTERS OF HORROR series which aired close to the final episode. Allegedly, at Valley Forge George Washington and his men were forced into cannibalism, and thus a secret society of patriots exists to this day, still preserving the founding fathers’ beliefs of both government and hunger for flesh.
Directed by genre legend Joe D’Amato, ANTHROPOPHAGUS falls into the “Italian cannibal cycle” that GREEN INFERNO is referencing. A group of tourists visit an isolated Greek island and find a cannibal has taken up residence there. This one is so explicit it garnered a spot on Britain’s legendary Video Nasty list of banned movies.
DYING BREED (2008)
This Australian horror film stars Leigh Whannell who went on to work on a number of horror hits like the SAW and INSIDIOUS franchises. A group of researchers travel to rural Tasmania looking for a possibly extinct tiger, but instead find a town of cannibals.
WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (2010/2013)
This 2010 Mexican feature was remade for American audiences in 2013 by director Jim Mickle. Both the original and remake are well-crafted, well-paced stories of families suffering from the death of a father/mother while also struggling to preserve a family tradition of cannibalism.